In my last post I briefly shared about an unexpected emergency surgery my cat was undergoing, as well as my impromptu decision to create a GoFundMe account. Within less than 24 hours I was given hundreds of dollars towards a lofty goal, more than I ever expected when I created the account. Friends and strangers donated in multiple increments coming together proving that no amount was too small.
Each donation I received brought tears to my eyes, some from friends, some from strangers. This process happened so quickly, and has permanently changed a piece of my heart in a way I never imagined possible in such a short period of time. The generosity of giving and helping with my cat, while unplanned and not ideal, has shown me how powerful we as a species can be when we come together.
This season is known for gifts and giving, but when the gifts are this monumental, they can change hearts.
I spent a lot of 2017 with my focus inward. I continued to struggle with my health, and with finding my voice in the world. I spent far too many days with my arrows pointing in when they should have been pointing out. What we focus on continues to manifest, and I can guarantee that my focus on healing while helpful at times, caused more mental turmoil than necessary.
What if I had spent more time stopping to smell the roses?
I don’t claim to be perfect, but I don’t feel that I’m selfish. With the recent events regarding my cat I am inspired to turn this situation into something good. The inspiration I feel from the love and support I’ve been given has been humbling in so many ways, and while I am not a fan of new year resolutions, I can tell you I have an unexpected outlook on 2018.
This year it’s time to make a plan that focuses on other people.
This year I plan to spend less time focusing on myself, and more time focusing on others. So much of my life has passed me by the last three years because my obsessions and thoughts were elsewhere when I should have been present in the moment. How sad would it be to come face to face with death, and regret living a life where most of your time was spent inside the bubble of your own mind.
Dark thought, but necessary thought.
How many times do we read story after story about the healing power of helping others? How many times do we experience these healing moments, and quickly forget about them when problems arise? In the past I escaped to the woods when times got hard, or I would isolate myself, but what would happen if I challenged myself to help someone else when I was feeling low?
This can be as simple as giving someone my time, and being truly present in the moment.
My cat was given 12 hours to live if he didn’t make it to a specialist. The total cost for the procedure and multiple emergency rooms he visited was thousands of dollars. If we chose not to pay, he would have needed to be euthanized. I could never place a price tag on my family members, and my pets are my family.
The emotional scar I would have been given if I took his life prematurely was a burden I chose not to carry.
It’s been six months since I said goodbye to my 20 yr old cat, I wasn’t ready to say another goodbye. I spent a good amount of money on my last cat before we had to send him over the rainbow bridge, but we did all that we could and I don’t regret a single penny spent. Having a pet is a commitment I feel should not be taken lightly, and not doing all that I can is never an option.
I don’t expect to get anywhere near my goal, but every penny I’ve been given was a penny more than I expected.
What is life worth if we don’t have others around to enjoy it with? No price tag is too large when it comes to love and life. Money is variable, and it can always be remade, but life can never be given back. Not to our pets, and not to ourselves. I cannot thank those that donated enough, not just because it helps financially, but because of the emotional hug it gave me.
I’ve never felt so loved, and this was the perfect reminder for me to focus my energy on other people.
Sometimes others need our help or our attention when it’s not convenient, like an emergency vet clinic that’s open on a holiday, but these are the times when help is most appreciated. This new year I don’t plan to neglect myself, because doing so would jeopardize others, but I plan to better myself for different reasons. I need to better myself in order to fully show up for other people.
A simple change in perspective was all I needed. A reflection of how I’ve been living the last year.
I plan to do my part to pay it forward once the dust has settled with my current situation. The thought of bringing the unbelievable joy I feel from each donation is a feeling I want to share with as many people as possible. Sometimes all we need is to know that someone cares, and that someone is listening.
Going into the new year I leave you with this – ask yourself what would happen if you made small changes to turn your arrows outward.
In a world that is so convoluted with hatred, my heart is full of abundant love receiving such unexpected generosity. Prayers for recovery are welcomed and appreciated as he continues to heal. To some he’s “just a cat,” but he has saved me from so many heartaches in life, it was time for me to save him.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.
32 thoughts on “Humbled and Thankful”
I hope your kitty ends up being OK! It’s amazing how quickly people come together to help!
It was unlike anything I’ve experienced, what a heartwarming spin on a challenging situation.
Nicole Marie Story
This is the sweetest post. Sending so much love to you and to your baby. ❤
Thank you! And thank you for your donation, I love and appreciate you! Kisses to you and G$. ❤️🐾
kathy @ more coffee, less talky
so amazing how many people helped out. regardless of what we hear on the news, there are so many good people in this world. i’m glad that your kitty got the surgery he needed to live a little long and give a little more love to this world.
Me too! I needed a positive reminder of the good in this world!
Megan and Lillian
Love you boo!! You can come visit me, that would bring me great joy ❤
Megan, was this Megan? I guess Megan. Either way, visiting you both is on my list of priorities.
Megan and Lillian
Yes Megan! We need to figure out how to be less ambiguous with our commenting haha
I’m pretty good and picking you guys apart, but others might not be. Lily’s comments USUALLY START LIKE THIS. HAHA I love you guys.
Life is like the warning about cabin decompression on an airliner: you have to take care of yourself before you can help others. So don’t beat yourself up about self care. As for the support you are getting, you’ll pay it forward in time. No worries.
This is so true. Thank you. 🙏🏻
Sending you so much love, sweet friend!! You are a truly special soul, and the number of donations you received goes to show how many lives you’ve touched. Including mine! 🙂 Thank you for the beautiful reminder to turn those arrows outward — definitely something I needed to hear! ♡
Thank YOU for your support and friendship. This blog space is such a happy place for me, I can always revive my soul on here. ❤️
This is what New Years Resolutions should be. I just had a thought you might be interested in. There are these people called “trail angels” that help out others who are hiking on trails and mountains near them. That would be perfect for you!
I’ve heard of those helping hikers with longer through hikes, it would definitely be cool!
Its amazing when people come together to help one another out! xx
I hope your baby is doing better now. Just now gave a little bit that I could. Hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start friend ❤
Thank you so much, your friendship and kindness is so appreciated. ❤️
“How sad would it be to come face to face with death, and regret living a life where most of your time was spent inside the bubble of your own mind.
Dark thought, but necessary thought. ”
Such a powerful observation. Such an overlooked observation. Well written Brittany!
Thank you, Alexis! Your comment made me smile.
I’m with you! Kindness matters, and helping others is good for all involved. Let’s keep pointing ourselves in the direction we want to go 🙂
Sounds like a great plan! Thanks, Dave. 🙂
I see that you already raised a lot of funds! Good for you & your beloved cat!
A great inspiring post, as always! Happy 2018!!!
Thank you Sophie!! Happy new year. ❤️
I think you should point your arrow towards me and Cleveland.
I do like your thought process. 😝
This is just so beautiful. And inspiring. And amazing. ❤
Thank you friend. ❤️
Agness of Run Agness Run
Such a great piece of writing, Britanny! Your post provided some food for thought! 😉
Thank you friend! ❤️